Winterizing your home can sound intimidating and a bit of a hassle, but we have broken it down to a few things that are great reminders as homeowners. It’s also a healthy reminder to know that the cost of the damage or replacement in the future may be greater larger than the maintenance, if not taken care of.
Your Real Estate Nation team gathered this quick checklist to help to start your winterizing process:
Seems like a no-brainer, but it’s a big one! It will prevent run-offs, damage to your windows, siding and trim and even can help with dangerous icy sidewalks.
Cost: Just your time! You can get all fancy and get covers, so next year is less hassle.
Going into the cool Fall evenings, it’s a no-brainer to look over your furnace. But this is a friendly reminder to stock-up on your filters and change it out and have another one handy during the deep of the winter, or if your a seasonal changer, it will be ready for Spring.
Cost: $10 or more, consult with your home inspector and realtor for tips on filters based on your furnace.
Not the football kind! Check your windows for drafts to seal. Some may even put plastic on windows, try a film too if need more production. Also don’t forget about patio doors and even that door to the un-heated garage. A simple draft guard can help and cut bills all season all.
Cost: Depends on what you buy or need. $10 or more and wait for that 11% off sale.
This isn’t a reminder to clean your ceiling fan…(even though maybe wouldn’t be a bad idea) this is to tell you to change direction to clockwise so they push hot air along the ceiling towards the floor. It’s common to forget about them in the Winter, but why not try it and see if like it?
Cost: Nothing! Simply look for the button near the base of the fan.
Got a sprinkler system? Remember those need to be blown-out by professionals in order to avoid the possibility of cracked pipes as water turns to ice and expands. Also be sure to turn off water to exterior faucets and remove garden hoses and protect those hose bibs with Styrofoam covers.
These are just a few ideas that are top of mind. Always consult your agent and home experts for more ideas to keep your home safe and sound. Happy Winterizing, it will be here before we all know it!